• February 09, 2016
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      Congratulations to all the winners.  Thank you to everyone who voted and to each of the candidates for your commitment to NEASO!


      Below are the results of the November 12, 2015 NEASO General Election (winners are indicated in bold):


      NEASO-HQ Vice President

      Jay Hunter                    95

      Bill Moreno                   57


      NEASO-MB Vice President

      Zach Reid                     28


      NEASO Secretary

      Ernestine Ussery          161


      NEASO-HQ Director (4)

      Dorrie Arrigo                129

      Jessica Brinkley           131

      Andrea Giunta              122

      Richard Allen Smith     119


      NEASO-MB Director

      Brian Osterling             27

      Lisa Guzman                 1



      184 NEASO Members voted in today’s election:

      154 NEASO-HQ voters

      2 NEASO-HIN voters

      28 NASO-MB voters


      Note: It is NEASO’s policy not to report write-in candidates who receive less than 4 votes.



      In Solidarity,

      Elections Committee

      October 28, 2015

      Dear NEASO Sisters and Brothers:

                     The NEASO Elections will be held at NEA Headquarters and NEA Member Benefits on November 12th, 2015.

                      Enclosed are Candidate Statements from all candidates for NEASO office who timely submitted such statements. The balloted candidates for NEASO office are as follows:          

      For NEASO-HQ Vice President and NSO Delegate

      -     Jay Hunter (Candidate Statement Attached)
      -     William “Bill” Moreno (Candidate Statement Attached)

      For NEASO Secretary and NSO Delegate

      -     Ernestine Ussery (Candidate Statement Attached)

      NEASO Director for NEA Headquarters (Four Positions Open)

      -     Dorrie Arrigo (Candidate Statement Attached)
      -     Jessica Brinkley (Candidate Statement Attached)
      -     Andrea Giunta (Candidate Statement Attached)
      -     Richard Allen Smith (Candidate Statement Attached)

      NEASO Vice-President for NEA Member Benefits

      -     Zach Reid (Candidate Statement Attached)

      NEASO Director for NEA Member Benefits

      -     Lisa Guzmán (No Candidate Statement)

      -     Brian Osterling (Candidate Statement Attached)


              It is important to note that NEASO neither endorses, opposes, favors, disfavors, nor takes any position whatsoever regarding the election of any candidate(s) for any NEASO office. The inclusion or absence of a statement from a particular candidate(s), the inclusion or absence of a photograph or other visual flourish in any particular Candidate Statement(s), and/or the order in which the Candidate Statements appear in this posting should not be understood as an implicit endorsement of/opposition to the election of a particular candidate(s) by NEASO. As earlier indicated, NEASO included in this posting statements from all candidates who timely submitted such statements. In this regard, please note that each candidate prepared and is solely responsible for the content and the visual presentation of his/her Candidate Statement (i.e. the inclusion or absence of any artwork, photography, emphasis, or other visual stimuli), and that NEASO did not draft, create, prepare, proof, review, revise, supplement, or edit any Candidate Statement, or otherwise assist any candidate(s) in the preparation of his/her statement. The Candidate Statements enclosed are arranged and presented in alphabetical order, by the candidates’ last names, and any deviation from such arrangement and presentation in any packet(s) of Candidate Statements is completely unintentional (and, most likely, the result of a copying/collating error).

      Finally, thank you for your participation in this important process. Your continued engagement in and support of NEASO’s activities, programs, and democratic processes keeps our Union strong.

      In Solidarity,

      The NEASO Elections Committee

      Download: Combined Statements-1.pdf

      To:    NEASO Members

      From:   NEASO Elections Committee

      Date:   October 1, 2015


      The annual election of Officers and Directors will be held Thursday, November 12, 2015. The following positions are open for election:

      Vice President (HQ) – 2 year term
      Vice President (MB) – 2 year term

      Secretary – 2 year term
      Director (MB)
      Director (HQ)
      Director (HQ)
      Director (HQ)
      Director (HQ)

      Secretary will be elected by a vote of all NEASO members. One (1) Vice President and One (1) Director representing the NEA Member Benefits bargaining unit will be elected by MB members.  One (1) Vice President and four (4) Directors representing the NEA Headquarters bargaining unit will be elected by NEA Headquarters members. All positions have two (2)-year terms.

      NSO RA Delegates

      The NEASO Constitution and Bylaws state that the President, Vice Presidents, Treasurer and Secretary will serve as delegates to the National Staff Organization (NSO) Representative Assembly for the duration of their terms. Therefore, when voting for these positions, members will also be voting to elect four (4) delegates to the 2016 and 2017 NSO Representative Assemblies.

      Election Date and Locations

      The election will take place by secret ballot vote on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at NEA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and NEA Member Benefits in Gaithersburg, MD.

      Absentee Ballots

      Members unable to attend the stated polling locations on Thursday, November 12, 2015 may obtain an absentee ballot by contacting the NEASO office. Absentee ballots will be available starting Wednesday, October 28, 2015. Members who receive absentee ballots may not vote at the live election on Thursday, November 12, 2015.  Completed absentee ballots are due by close of business on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.

      Nomination Procedures

      Candidates for NEASO office must be nominated by an active member and the nomination form must be returned to the NEASO Office by close of business on Friday, October 16, 2015.

      The nominator and nominee are solely responsible for the completion and accuracy of the nomination form.

      You may nominate a NEASO member for the
      elected office by electronic mail. The following rules apply to electronic mail nominations:

      1)         The nomination must be sent from the nominator’s work e-mail address (i.e. from the nominator’s  NEA, NEA Member Benefits Corporation, or NEA Healthy Futures e-mail) and state the name of the nominee and the elected office for which he or she is being nominated for or include the completed official nomination form as an attachment;

      2)         The nominee must accept the nomination from his/her work e-mail address;

      3)         The nominator and nominee must e-mail Jean Mondejar, NEASO Office Manager, at jmondejar@nea.org with the nomination/acceptance of the nomination; and,

      All nominations to include the acceptance thereof are due by close of business on Friday, October 16, 2015.  Nominees have until Friday, October 23, 2015 to withdraw from the ballot once nominated.  

      To be eligible for candidacy, a nominee must be a NEASO member in good standing from the appropriate bargaining unit. In addition, Officers and Directors may serve up to two consecutive full terms, or a combination of consecutive full and partial terms not to exceed 5 years, before a two year break in service is required to be nominated to serve again the same capacity.

      Nominees for union office may not have been convicted or have served any part of a prison term resulting from a conviction of robbery, bribery, extortion, embezzlement, grand larceny, burglary, arson, violation of narcotics laws, murder, rape, assault with intent to kill, assault which inflicts grievous bodily injury, or a violation of the LMRDA Title II or III, including any felony involving abuse or misuse of such person’s position of employment in a labor organization or employees’ benefit plan to seek or obtain an illegal gain, or conspiracy to commit any such crimes or attempt to commit any such crimes during the previous thirteen years, according to the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959, Title V, section 504.

      Download: NEASO Officer and Director Nomination Form.pdf


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